Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced three Bay Area transportation projects which will benefit from $10.05 million in Department of Transportation (DOT) discretionary funds. The primary recipients will be the seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge which will receive $7.75 million and the China Basin Ferry Terminal project which will receive $2 million.
"The Golden Gate Bridge is a critical link in the Bay Area transportation system, serving some 130,000 vehicles a day," Pelosi said. "Unfortunately, the bridge is also vulnerable to the nearby San Andreas and Hayward faults, in fact, the San Andreas fault is just seven miles from the bridge." Rep. Pelosi was joined by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) in securing these funds which are in addition to the $26 million for the seismic retrofit the Congresswomen fought for in the FY99 Omnibus Spending bill.
Rep. Woolsey's district includes the northern part of the span. "To solve the North Bay's transportation problems we have to protect the Golden Gate Bridge. If the bridge is damaged, the North Bay would be cut off," Woolsey said.
The China Basin Ferry project includes the construction of ramps, floats and associated support structures for the ferry terminal. "Ferry service provides an essential transportation alternative throughout the Bay Area where most of the major highways currently operate at or near capacity during peak hours," Pelosi said. "Improving passenger ferry service is a wise investment in alternative travel that relieves traffic congestion on area roads. That's good for the local economy and the environment."
DOT discretionary funds will be used to advance the following Bay Area projects:
Rep. Pelosi thanked Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater for recognizing the importance of these projects to the City of San Francisco.
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